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Operation Napfény
Beginning:

December 1st, 2011

End:

February 23rd, 2012

Place:

Eastern Hungary, Western Romania

Outcome:

Partium annexes much of southeastern and eastern Hungary

Major battles:

Major Skirmishes at Baja and Izsák

Combatants

Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957)Republic of Partium
Transylvania Flag 83DD lgTransylvania

Bandits
Raiders
Elements of Serb Militias

Commanders

Transylvania Flag 83DD lg President Remus Cernea
Transylvania Flag 83DD lg Prime Minister Mona Muscă
Transylvania Flag 83DD lg General Avram Catanici
Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957) President Ferenc Juhász
Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957) Prime Minister István Ujhelyi

None

Strength

260,000

Estimated at 5,300

Casualties and Losses

354 KIA, 895 WIA

Estimated at 2,500 casualties, remainder fleeing into Serbia

Operation Napfeny - in English, Operation Sunshine, and so named for the destroyed city of Szeged in the main target zone - is an ongoing Partian and Transylvanian military operation, aimed at securing the frontiers of what was once Western Romania, along with a large stretch of what was once eastern Hungary. Specifically, the intent is to secure the areas between Partian territory and the Republic of Serbia's northernmost frontiers.

Opening Movements

After shuffling forward incoming supplies from Greece, as per their new arrangement under the BSA, both governments called up their militias and reserve forces.

Concentrating their forces around the cities of Oradea and Berettyoujfalu, respectively, the Transylvanians and Partians readied their forces for the offensive.

The plans called for first meeting up in the area between themselves, and then spreading southwest from there, with a smaller joint force heading northeast toward the Galician frontier, where the Galicians would meet them at the border, trapping any fleeing enemies.

Overall, the objectives were the Danube in the southwest, the Galician frontier in the northeast, along with the Tisza river and a rough line from the Szolnok blast to the Danube in the north.

Intel and past patrols into the unsecured regions beyond the Partian frontiers, and the Transylvanian military zones, showed the regions to have bands of raiders in them, and southwest of Partium, elements of Serbian militias along with, hopefully, some small settlements.

And, on December 1st, it began.

December

From their joint headquarters in Oradea, the allied forces began moving out on the 1st of December toward their objectives.

Southwest

In the southwest, crossing the Partian frontier just south of the village of Veszto, the troops, using the ruined roads where possible, they encountered no resistance until, advancing slowly, they arrived at the ruins of Békéscsaba on the 5th. Here, moving into the ruins slowly, they encountered the first elements of resistance, when they were fired upon from a group of old apartment buildings northeast of the city-center. Forces were brought up, and the complex was assaulted.

The inside was found to hold a small band of survivors, totaling twenty-three in number after the assault. Apparently, they had thought that the troops were some sort of raiders, and opened fire accordingly. It seemed that a force of raiders had passed through the area a week before, heading southwest and speaking some foreign language, after firing at a couple of people they saw.

Obviously, this had to be Serbians - a surprise this far from Serbia. Despite an offer to take the people to Partium, they preferred to stay in their home. The commander of the operation in the area moved his forward command post into a nearby building, and his troops finished combing through the city over the next three days, after which they began to move out again, leaving behind a detachment to guard the city and begin recovery operations.

Moving slowly, and finding bandits and increasing evidence of things as had been reported to them in Békéscsaba, it took the allied troops a bit more than a week to get to within sight of the blast-damaged zone around Szeged. Cautiously moving further, scouts reported radiation levels that prevented further passage into the city ruins four hours later, about three miles south of what once would have been, on their maps, the town of Algyo, where they set up their base of operations.

Fanning out around the former city, taking care to stay out of the "hot" zones, and using some Partian river shipping on the Tisza, troops secured the outskirts of the danger zones by the 20th. However, they did run into some sort of force, small in number, west of the ruins, which they put to flight on the 21st.

Keeping most of their forces in around Szeged for the time being, the commanders sent a small detachment of troops in chase of the enemy the next day. Heading toward Serbian territory, they encountered the enemy force near the old border post at Ásotthalom, sending them reeling once again. However, the force retreated over the border, through Serbian troops, confirming that it had been a Serb militia.

On the 27th, having secured the region around the destroyed city, and with reports of more militia activity north of the western detachment - and even a small number of attacks on the troops there - most of the troops involved headed out, again to the west. More stayed around the ruin, starting excavations, and a small number headed eastward toward Transylvanian territory, to ensure its security.

Moving west, after regrouping with those forces previously sent, the troops encountered a larger band of militia at the former town of Mélykút on the 30th. Fighting a battle with them, the larger allied troops quickly forced the militia to go back over the border, though they suffered a small amount of casualties in the process.

After the battle, then discovered what the militia had been up to - and it was something that confirmed their worst fears, and what the few refugees that had made it to them had said. The Serbian militias had been killing anyone that they found in the area, especially if they had fled Serbia.

Northeast

Toward the northeast, the smaller force crossed the frontier north of the Transylvanian outpost at Sanislău. Moving northward, they made very good time, finding a pair of small settlements on the 8th, around the old town of Vaja. Here, they heard of a group of raider camps further northeast, which had been troublesome. These were expected, however, as they had made a slight nuisance of themselves in the region over the previous few years.

The locals said that the raiders were camped around the former town of Jand, so the troops headed there, arriving on the 11th, leaving a small garrison behind at the Vaja settlements.

However, they found the area to be abandoned - though, fairly recently. Apparently, someone had warned the group about their impending arrival. Tracks indicated they had headed northward.

Slightly farther south, forces crossing the border from Transylvania moved toward the camp at Jand, to aid in crushing any raiders, and secure the areas southeast of the camps. Finding a small group of villages at the old town of Porcsalma, they met up with the awaiting forces ahead of them on the 13th, in addition to securing parts of the Galician frontier.

Following the trail of the raiders, the troops continued northward. On the 19th, they arrived at the ruins of the town of Pap, where the raiders had burnt a village in their path - and it was still smoldering, though they found no survivors. However, the tracks continued northward.

Knowing that the Tisza River was ahead, and the raiders unlikely able to cross due to Partian river vessels, the commander sent half of his troops northwest, to the river. Moving northward, the troops forced the raiders even further back, to the Galician frontier. Where they ran into Galician forces, and were slaughtered, on January 6th.

January

Southwest

With this new information, it became more imperative for the Partians - and thus, the allied troops - to have forces watching the Serbian borders. As a result, they had to change their plans, which had previously called for them to move northward and later on set up border outposts, and now had to be done in the opposite order.

So, after having readjusted their plans, they moved westward from their positions at Mélykút. Beating off more militia bands on the 3rd at Bácsbokod, at Gara on the 6th, and at Mohacs on the 7th, suffering a small number of casualties, they took control over the border over the next week.

Sending a detachment over the Danube river to make some effort to clear that bank, as well as secure the other half of Mohacs, troops also moved south from the ruins and made contact with Croatian troops at Udvar, who had been expecting them. Afterward, they moved back over the river, intending for it to be their defense lines, with the exception of Mohacs, and began construction, which was finished in mid-February, of an access point into Croat territory there.

Interrogating a few of their captives from the skirmishes with the militias, it was discovered that the Serbian militias had a small base that they had established, to aid them in their "work," in the ruins of the city of Baja - which they had exterminated of its few inhabitants in advance of. After this discovery, and knowing that some elements of the militias had likely retreated there and were awaiting them, the troops were readied for a battle. And, in response to their admissions, the few captives were sent east to Szeged - where they were sent into the radiated regions to work. Not a single one survived the month, though the hardiest made it almost two weeks before perishing.

Moving out on the 11th, advance elements arrived at Baja the next day, immediately getting into gunfights with enemy forces there. However, it soon became obvious that they were pulling out northward, and as the main body of soldiers arrived, they fled, with soldiers remaining in pursuit.

The city was a chilling discovery - it was very easy to spot where a group of Hungarians had established a community, which the militias had snuffed out without any mercy. And some of the actions that had went on in the militia camp was even worse. As a result, despite what it would mean internationally, both governments issued a decree that no prisoners would be taken from the militias.

Moving northward in pursuit, most troops following, and small detachments left behind in their wake, the militia led them on a merry chase, though abandoned villages, areas where fires had burned the land, and many other things.

In the end, what it took was the discovery of a band of small settlements in an area formerly around a series of what had once been small parks to halt the militias, who ran into them rather accidentally on the 22nd. Being held up by these people allowed the pursuing troops to catch them, and take them from the rear, slaughtering most of them. A small number, however, numbering less than twenty, fled again. The troops declined to give chase.

These settlements, based around survivors in the town of Izsák, had not seen forces from outside in decades, and initially met the allied troops with great apprehension. It took a week, but the local leaders agreed to join Partium in return for aid.

Afterward, the troops spent another two days re-equipping themselves, having outrun their supply lines previously.

Northeast

Following the end of the raiders, the troops changed direction, moving southwest.

Leaving behind border guards, they moved southwest along the river, as well as sending troops to the other side, in order to secure the far bank, arriving back in Partian territory on the 20th, south of the radiated ruins of Miskolc. In doing so, they only found a single settlement, at the town of Tokaj, on the 15th.

February

Southwest

On the 1st, having established their headquarters in Izsák, the troops moved northward again, though a large body also started south along the Danube, crossing to cover both sides, to reinforce the border with Serbia. Other small groups went northeast, and east, with the goals of meeting with forces coming from the northwest and securing areas east from the settlements around Izsák to Partium itself, respectively.

Despite the few militia members that had fled north, none were encountered on the trip northward, and forces reached their rough stopping point on the 10th, around forty km south of where Budapest had once been. From there, they fanned outward, reaching the Danube on the 11th, and arriving west of Szolnok on the 15th, joining the troops sent in that direction earlier. The troops they had expect to meet there arrived on the 17th, having gone down the Mizra. Troops that had been sent east found nobody, arriving back in Partium-controlled territory on the 16th.

Forces sent southward found only ruined settlements on their way, including a few burned out fairly recently. They arrived back on the border on the 20th, and fanned out from there, manning its length by the end of the 23rd.

North

Passing through Partian territory, the remaining body of troops took several days to rearm themselves, having been largely on poor supply lines the last few weeks, as well as moving all of them to the north bank of the river.

Heading back out on February 2nd, they continued along the riverbank, meeting up with the southwestern troops near the Szolnok blast zone on the 17th, having encountered no settlements on the way.

Results

Partium, as a result of the military operations, managed to more than double its rough territory, and increased its population by about 45,000 or so, largely in the Izsák region.

Transylvania secured its western frontiers, and also rooted out a few bandits that had been a minor annoyance. As a result, more of their troops were able to be deployed to their eastern outposts, and more territory was given in the west to civilian control.

Galicia, while not involved overall, was aided by the reducing of the bandits as well.

The removal of the militias ensured that any refugees, if they could get past the Serbian Army, could be saved.

Most of all, however, the presence of such a number of troops near Serbia forced the Serbian military to send more of its own troops to the area, which reduced their reserves further south, near the fronts with Macedonia and its allies, allowing them some more breathing room. And, of course, actions overall effectively killed relations between Partium and Transylvania on one side, and the Serbs on the other.

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